REV AL SHARPTON SNAPS THE BALL TO COLIN KAEPERNICK

Reverend Al Sharpton called for the NFL to bring back quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral in Houston.

“The head of the NFL said, Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,” said Sharpton.

Well, don’t apologize. Give Colin Kaepernick a job back.

Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives.

You sorry?

Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.

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CHICAGO RALLY TODAY: We Need You There!

Please meet at Union Park.

Before COVID, before George Floyd: Mayor Lori Lightfoot has turned a blind eye to violence against Black, Latinx, Immigrant Neighborhoods.

Wherefore, Chicago Police have beat us.

Wherefore, Chicago Police have harassed us in our own neighborhoods before the protests.

Wherefore, Chicago Police are currently using demonstrations of heartfelt outrage as justification for Brutality.

NO MORE!

WE DEMAND…

– Defund and demilitarize the police
– CPD and National Guard stand down IMMEDIATELY
– End the Curfew
– Release all protesters
– Redirect CPD funds to schools, PPE equipment, COVID testing, and rent relief

Justice For George Floyd. Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor. Black Lives Matter.

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DEFUND THE POLICE: Now Seen As Leverage For Change

The idea of significantly reducing or even eliminating funding for police departments has quickly shifted from a fantasy pushed by activists to a real action being considered by some Democratic officials, including the Los Angeles mayor, after George Floyd’s death by a white police officer.

Evers said he doesn’t see a scenario in which the state or country could no longer need police services.

Instead, he said he has asked Republicans who control the Legislature to take up a bill drafted by Democratic lawmakers requiring police officers to stop colleagues from using unreasonable force, to use deadly force as a last resort and to use only enough physical force to stop confrontations.

Protesters have called for Evers to go farther than that in the days since the death of Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died May 25 after a white police officer suffocated him by kneeling on his neck.

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YOU’RE INVITED & NEEDED: Hope To See You There

Join us for a public hearing on the current conditions that incarcerated people are facing under the COVID-19 pandemic and how communities inside and out are building up the practices and institutions that support healthy and self-determined communities during COVID-19.

And beyond.

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CLAMPDOWNS ON THE OUTSIDE. LOCKDOWNS ON THE INSIDE.

Like a dystopian Sci-Fi thriller come to life, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan posted this image of border agents standing at the ready at our nation’s capital shortly before being deployed to patrol the streets to go after so-called terrorists.

This blatant display of a militarized police force is what border residents see on a daily basis. Here, they incite fear in those exercising their first amendment rights, and create a tense environment for peaceful demonstrators.

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ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PROTEST A CHANCE

The movement to defund the police is gaining significant support across America, including from elected leaders, as protests over the killing of George Floyd sweep the nation.

For years, activists have pushed US cities and states to cut law enforcement budgets amid a dramatic rise in spending on police and prisons while funding for vital social services has shrunk or disappeared altogether.

Government officials have long dismissed the idea as a leftist fantasy, but the recent unrest and massive budget shortfalls from the Covid-19 crisis appear to have inspired more mainstream recognition of the central arguments behind defunding.

“To see legislators who aren’t even necessarily on the left supporting at least a significant decrease in New York police department funding is really very encouraging,” Julia Salazar. “It feels a little bit surreal.”

Floyd’s death on camera in Minneapolis, advocates say, was a powerful demonstration that police reform efforts of the last half-decade have failed to stop racist policing and killings. Meanwhile, the striking visuals of enormous, militarized and at times violent police forces responding to peaceful protests have led some politicians to question whether police really need this much money and firepower.

Activists say the way to stop police brutality and killings is to cut law enforcement budgets and reinvest in services.

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TROOPS UNHAPPY BEING POLITICAL PAWN

“Using the military to put down protests and supplement the botched efforts of the police to control these protests, particularly through unlawful uses of force, will only further inflame the protests,” a National Guard noncommissioned officer said in an email to Military Times.

“This is escalation, not de-escalation. Embroiling the military due to the inaction and failings of the police only serves to conflate the two, and would put both military members and civilians at greater risk. Cracking down with authoritarianism does nothing but further politicize the military and erode the trust the public has in us.”

“There is no winning in this scenario.”

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POLICE OUT OF CONTROL

— National Guard probes low-flying helicopter during DC protests.

— Thousands gathered peacefully in St. Paul, Minn.

— Pope says world cannot turn “a blind eye to racism.”

— US arrests at least 9,300 at protests since George Floyd’s death.

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MOVEMENT TO DEFUND THE POLICE

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is not merely an activist — she’s a modern-day abolitionist. And as protests over racism, inequality and police brutality have exploded worldwide, Cullors says the answer does not lie in holding police accountable with better training and body cameras.

Instead, she demands defunding law enforcement so that black and brown people can be free from what she calls a well-funded army that occupies them.

“For hundreds of years, black communities have lived under state terror — be it police or vigilante violence,” says Cullors. “An abolitionist believes in a world where police and prisons are no longer weaponized as a tool for public safety.”

“Our vision is for a world rooted in the care and love and humanity for every human being. A world that relies on an economy of care versus one with an economy of punishment. An abolitionist believes in freedom.”

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